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2019 Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders (GBHI)

Multimodal Intergenerational Social Contact Intervention (MISCI)

Phaedra Bell, PhD
Global Brain Health Institute and UCSF
San Francisco, CA - United States

Loneliness and social isolation in an aging population could constitute risk factors for developing dementia. Dr. Bell proposes to address this issue using a prevention strategy called Multimodal Intergenerational Social Contact Intervention (MISCI). The researchers plan to match older at-risk adults with local adolescents and young adults as a way to address loneliness and social isolation. Dr. Bell proposes that at the end of this pilot study, MISCI will be personalized, comprehensive, economical, and also scalable. The researchers envision this study to be culturally adaptable with multiple modes of social contact focused on creative engagement, physical exercise and healthy meals.

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